In the 220 years since the establishment of the Georgian playhouse which was subsequently adapted in the late nineteenth century to the Theatre Royal we know today, Waterford has been renowned for its local musical and dramatic traditions.
The Theatre Royal, often referred to as “the people’s theatre”, has been the traditional venue for this creative activity down through the generations. As such it is the home for long established amateur societies and has hosted the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera since its inception in 1958. Built in 1783, and re modelled in 1876 it is one of the finest horseshoe shaped Victorian Theatres in Ireland, housing 430 seats on 3 levels. It hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the year including music, theatre, dance and comedy.
Theatre Royal Productions are currently producing The Invader Opera, which will be the first opera to premiere in Waterford City since 1793 and will be a major event to celebrate the 1100th Birthday of the founding of the city of Waterford.The opera created by Waterford artists; Composer Eric Sweeney and Poet Mark Roper who took their inspiration from the parabale of The Bacchae by the great Greek playwright Euripides. Director Ben Barnes and his creative team will bring this strikingly beautiful composition to the stage in May 2014.